Position
Guard
Height
5'7
Class
Senior
Hometown
Pineville, La.
High School
Pineville HS
  • 2002 SEC Good Works Team
  • 2003 SEC Good Works Team

SENIOR SEASON (2002-03)
Played in all 34 games and started two (Washington State and Florida Atlantic) … Averaged 8.0 points and 7.0 assists in her two starts … Scored a season-high 11 points against Alabama State on Dec. 7th … Named to the SEC Good Works team for the second straight year … Her 96 assists where second most on the team … Collected at least one assists in all but six games … Had at least three assists in 17 games … Scored at least five points in 11 games … Cut her hair and donated the clippings to the “Locks of Love” organization to make wigs for cancer patients.

JUNIOR SEASON (2001-02)
Suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opening minutes of the game against Mercer on Dec. 18th … Underwent reconstructive surgery on the ACL of her left knee on Jan. 7th … Started the first eight games of the season, including the game against Mercer … Scored a season-high 20 points in the opener against Grambling … Recorded her first career double double with 10 points and a career-high 11 assists against Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 24th … Had 10 assists in the next game against Virginia Tech … Was averaging 5.9 assists per game when she got hurt.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2000-01)
Played in all 31 games with 10 starts for the Lady Tigers … Led the team in free throw percentage at 82.1 percent (46-of-56), which ranks eighth in school annals … Ranked third on the team with 73 assists … Scored career-best 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting vs. Sam Houston in third game of season … In all, scored in double-figures nine times, including a 13-point performance against Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament … Had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting in an SEC win over Kentucky … Followed that with 10 points vs. Mississippi and 12 vs. Mississippi State … Also had double-digit games against Southwest Missouri (14 points), Tulane (14 points), Mercer (12 points) and Delaware State (11 points) … Dished out a season-high seven assists in 27 minutes of action in a near-upset of top-ranked Tennessee on Feb. 18 … Played all 40 minutes vs. Southwest Missouri … Had six assists in wins over SMU and Delaware State … Connected on a season-best three 3-point field goals (on seven attempts) in win over Tulane … Had a season-high four steals on in the season opener against New Mexico and against La.-Lafayette.

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON (1999-00)
Missed entire season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee in second exhibition contest on Nov. 14 … Had successful reconstructive surgery on knee on Dec. 8 … Received a medical redshirt.

FRESHMAN SEASON (1998-99)
Played in 29 games with no starts … Served as the backup point guard to Latasha Dorsey … Averaged 4.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists a contest … Broke left foot in second half in win over Tennessee in Baton Rouge when she attempted take a charge from Chamique Holdsclaw … The injury halted a stretch of play that saw James score in double-figures in three straight games, including a season-high 19 points against South Carolina on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor … Followed that with another 8-of-10 shooting performance to finish with 18 points against Southeastern Louisiana … Hit 3-of-5 shots and scored 10 points against Tennessee before suffering the injury … Hit 4-of-6 3-point shots in that three-game stretch … Missed only one game with the injury as she sat out the Kentucky contest at the SEC Tournament … Never regained late-season form as she scored only four points in LSU’s last three games, all NCAA Tournament contests … Returned to action after injury against Evansville in first round of NCAA Tournament and scored four points in eight minutes … Scored 11 points in 24 minutes in win at Mississippi State … Hit all four shots from the floor and scored nine points in road win over Northeast Louisiana … Had career-best six assists in win over Houston … Came off the bench to play a career-best 30 minutes in win over Kentucky at home (six assists) … Had career-high six steals in only third collegiate game at Louisiana-Lafayette … Had five assists and a steal in 17 minutes in NCAA second round win over Notre Dame.

HIGH SCHOOL
Played a Pineville High School for coach Jackie Laborde Monkhouse … Named Miss Basketball in Louisiana as a junior and senior … Capped her high school career with a school-record 3,142 points … Averaged 33.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior at Pineville High School … Led Pineville to the semifinals of the 4A state playoffs … As a senior was named MVP of her district, Central Louisiana, and Louisiana … Scored a career-high 62 points in a double-overtime win over Jena as a senior … Averaged 34 points and five rebounds as a junior … Scored 40 or more points 10 times as a junior … Named first-team All-South by the Orlando Sentinel as a junior … Overall, named first-team all-district four times, MVP of district three times and first-team all-state three times … Also played on state champion softball team in 1996 and 1997.

PERSONAL
Full name is Nakisha Toshira James … Goes by Kisha … Born on Sept. 9, 1980, in Alexandria, La. … Parents are Elijah James and Denise Fisher … Admires Michael Jordan, because “he is a great role model and a great athlete” … Received her degree in kinesiology last May.

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